The bones of the heel and the ankle are the most likely to be broken. Fractures of the bones of the foot are sometimes very difficult to recognize. Stiffness of the ankle joint, with a limping gait, are likely to result from severe fracture of the bones. Although union generally takes place quite promptly, it is often several months before the patient is able to use the foot much in walking. Before splints are applied, hot fomentations should be employed to reduce the soreness and inflammation. When this has been accomplished, splints should be applied in accordance with the principles already explained.